Bantu Mzwakali eyeing a spot in South Africa’s Olympic Games squad
Posted: 25 March 2016 Time: 13:43
Ajax Cape Town attacking midfielder Bantu Mzwakali admits he’s disappointed not to have received a South African Under-23 call-up, yet has not given up hope on his Olympic dream.
Mzwakali is capped at national Under-20 level, yet has found it difficult to crack Owen Da Gama’s Under-23 team, who are currently in Brazil as they continue their preparations for this year’s Olympic Games in August.
And although disappointed at not having been noticed by the selectors, Mzwakali refuses to be bogged down.
“Yes, obviously it’s disappointing,” he tells KickOff.com. “I knew I’d see players I used to play with getting the call up, so for me it’s a wake-up call to step up, do well and take my chances to impress when I can.
“But I can’t complain – the coach selects the good players who he sees as worthy for his squad.”
When asked if he felt he could still prove himself at club level and force his way into Da Gama’s final Olympic squad, the 22-year-old says he’s up for the challenge.
“Yes, I think there’s still time,” he says. “We have about nine games left … and I think for me, if in those nine games I can maybe score three to five goals, then I can be there in August.”
The Under-23s have arrived safely in Brazil ahead of their friendly clash against the South Americans on Sunday evening.